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AJT is now an Alliance!

AJT is now the Alliance for Jewish Theatre! What's in a name? Plenty...

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AJT 2017 Conference

Join us Oct 22-25 in Boston, for our conference... This year, themed around Collaboration.

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AJT Special Achievements

AJT recognized several members at our 2016 conference in St. Louis.

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JCC CenterStage

JCC CenterStage
1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618RalphMeranto
(585) 4612000 ext 235

OUR MISSION: “CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center exists to entertain, enlighten and educate the Greater Rochester community by providing quality theatre that is relevant to the Jewish experience and has universal appeal.”
– Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director

40th Anniversary Subscription Series

Church & State

October 22-November 6, 2016
A World Premiere Comedy/Drama by Jason Odell Williams

Church & State is a shockingly funny and brutally honest look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our elections. When a Republican U.S. Senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God, the senator’s devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager battle with the senator over how to contain the damage. Will the fall-out destroy the senator’s career or change the world? Emmy-Nominated Jason Odell Williams (Handle with Care), developed Church & State in conjunction with JCC CenterStage and the National New Plays Network for this Rochester World Premiere.  Directed by Ralph Meranto.

Brad Zimmerman in
My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy

December 1-11, 2016
“Delicious! Distinctly original…Powerfully poignant…Great Comedy!” —The New York Times
“I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling and Brad Zimmerman.” —Joan Rivers

After playing to packed houses in NYC for 2 years, Comedian/Actor Brad Zimmerman brings his hysterical and inspiring story about the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dreams, to CenterStage. Brad spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, while chasing a career in acting and comedy. His perseverance eventually paid off and he went on to become an opening act for George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, and Joan Rivers.  Zimmerman’s self-deprecating humor and wicked charm, as he talks about his pursuit, his relationship with his family, a misbegotten love life and some persnickety diners, combine for 90 minutes of pure laughter.

Coney Island Christmas
by Donald Margulies
December 15-18, 2016
Last season’s hit returns. Coney Island Christmas weaves together nostalgia, music and hilariously exuberant holiday pageants in a show for all ages and all faiths. Based on “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley, a young Jewish girl in 1930s Brooklyn is cast to play the role of Jesus in her school Christmas play as her immigrant parents reconcile their own traditions with their new role as Americans.

The Hit Makers

February 4-19, 2017
Conceived and created by Ralph Meranto, Musical Arrangements by Casey Filiaci

Featuring music from Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, The Mamas and the Papas, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, Arlo Guthrie, Lou Reed, Janis Ian, Jefferson Airplane and more, the music of the  1960’s counter-culture movement comes to life in this all-new musical tribute from the creators of The Hit Factory.

The Flick

by Annie Baker
March 4-19, 2017
Winner! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Three underpaid employees of a run-down movie theater tear tickets, clean up popcorn and attend to one of the few remaining 35 millimeter film projectors in usage. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles and become more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on the screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending plea for authenticity in a fast-changing world. A must-see for movie lovers.

Titanic, The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston, Story and Book by Peter Stone
May 6-21, 2017
Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score

From the emboldened owner and builder who believed their ship was “unsinkable” to the emigrants in steerage searching for a better life in America, both the epic and everyday stories of the passengers on the legendary RMS Titanic are played out in this gorgeous and beloved musical



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